Nov 3, 2023 - News

Utah transportation officials relaunch Cottonwood Canyons sticker program

Illustration of a stop sign with a large snowflake on it with smaller flakes falling around it

Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

Utah transportation officials are bringing back a winter safety program for drivers who don't want to waste time heading up the Cottonwood Canyons during heavy powder days.

Details: The Utah Department of Transportation's Cottonwood Canyons sticker program marks that a vehicle's tires and traction devices have been pre-inspected for winter driving conditions.

Driving the news: The program restarted this week and will run until Feb. 28, 2024.

Why it matters: Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons, home to four popular ski destinations, are prone to bumper-to-bumper traffic, aptly referred to as "the red snake," after snow storms.

  • When Utah's traction law is in effect, it could take a long time for officials to inspect vehicles' ability to handle the road conditions.
  • "The more vehicles that we can get preapproved, the faster you're going to get up to enjoy your experience," said Shawn Wright, UDOT's Cottonwood Stations supervisor, per

Of note: The stickers are free and not required to enter either canyon.

  • Even if you have a sticker, an inspection may still take place to ensure safety.

How it works: Drivers can take their cars to participating auto service shops to get them inspected after filling out an online form on UDOT's website.


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